King Henry IV, parts I & II, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

Henry IV, Part I and Henry IV, Part II are historical plays by William Shakespeare. Part I, which  was written and first performed in 1597 and first printed in quarto in 1598 by stationer Andrew Wise, has always been much more popular and critically acclaimed than Part II.  In fact, Henry IV, Part I was Shakespeare’s most popular printed text with eight new editions appearing over the first one hundred years of its existence. Henry IV, … Continue reading King Henry IV, parts I & II, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

King John, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

William Shakespeare wrote King John in the 1590’s, probably after Richard II but before Henry IV, Part I. It was first published as part of the First Folio in 1623. Along with Richard II, King John is one of only two plays by Shakespeare written entirely in verse. While it was very popular in the Victorian era, it is now one of Shakespeare’s least familiar and least performed works. None-the-less, the realization that … Continue reading King John, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1940)

Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Allen Press (1988) and Limited Editions Club (1940)

{Ed. Note: Updated on 1/12/2015 with pictures of the Allen Press Deluxe edition, thanks to Jen Lindsay who was the binder for these special editions.} Romeo and Juliet is, along with Hamlet, the most well known and performed of William Shakespeare‘s plays. Its tragic plot and theme of young love struggling against fate and/or chance is woven into the minds of anyone with even a basic level of familiarization … Continue reading Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare, Allen Press (1988) and Limited Editions Club (1940)

Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

Titus Andronicus is unlike any other Shakespeare play and, as such, there has always been much historical controversy about the extent of his authorship of it. The tragedy is believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593 and is likely Shakespeare’s first tragedy. Besides being one of his earliest plays, it has historically been one of the least respected with many critics feeling that if it … Continue reading Titus Andronicus, by William Shakespeare, Limited Editions Club (1939)

The Spy, by James Fenimore Cooper, Limited Editions Club (1963)

The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground, the second novel of  James Fenimore Cooper, was first published in 1821. The novel was a huge success around the world and was quickly translated to a number of languages. As the first American novel to win large world-wide acclaim, its romantic style was influential for many years to follow. The setting of the novel is Westchester … Continue reading The Spy, by James Fenimore Cooper, Limited Editions Club (1963)